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tajj7 #1 Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:06 PM

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So after the hell of grinding the 12.2 million credits needed to buy the Foch 155 and FV215b before they become reward tanks and being stuck in almost constant bottom tier games, I thought I'd take the 215b out for a spin as I haven't played this tank in about 18 months.  

 

And I was pleasantly surprised, I remember not liking this tank at the time and becoming frustrated with it (hence it being sold) but after a few games back I think I know why....

 

Arty. 

 

This tank is massive, has a huge hull roof profile (it's like a helicopter pad that says 'land a shell here;) and is obviously not that fast, it used to get hit and hit for huge damage all the time by arty.  Now with most games having a lot less arty in them (many more games have none than we used to have) and that arty now far less likely to pen you, the 215b can now work the bumps and depressions it needs to hide that massive weak hull and the tank feels like it can do much more work. 

 

Of course there is still the Maus and Type 5 problem, after the first game where I naively took only 8 APCR rounds I had to switch to a 50/50 load out, and even being hull down won't stop premium HE spamming Type 5s doing 500 damage to you, but the tank feels a lot better than I remember and more competitive.  There are still the big weaknesses, that rear turret, frontal fires etc. but without the clicking threat you feel more able to mitigate them, especially as there seem to be more and more hull down spots on maps.

 

I also after a previous 160 odd games without an ace tanker, I managed to get two in a run of 9 games and raise my MOE from 67% to nearly 80%. 

 

http://wotreplays.com/site/3777287#westfield-tajj7-fv215b

http://wotreplays.com/site/3777377#swamp-tajj7-fv215b

 

Seems a few others are starting to find this tank again as I saw quite a few all of sudden in my games.  Now very glad this tank is not going from the game, before I didn't really care if it got replaced (all about the Chieftain) but I think keeping it as a reward tank is the best way to go so this unique tank stays in the game.

 

Anyone else played this lately and if so how are you finding it?   

 

(Still want the Chieftain!) 



uglycousin #2 Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:12 PM

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I am still grinding some credits and waiting for the gamescom discounts to kick in so I can buy it. :)

theSwedishTankDriver #3 Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:27 PM

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So how does it work against HEAT? From what I can tell it doesn't seem to do that well. The gun seems to be amazing though.

Balc0ra #4 Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

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I'm gonna wait for it's faith to be 100% confirmed before I buy it. As I bought it the last time they wanted to change it for the Chieftain.... Then it stood idle for months before I sold it again.

How_hard_can_it_be #5 Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:48 PM

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This is my most played tank ever. 1900ish battles. There's only one reason to play this tank and it is the gun handling. I haven't played this tank a lot lately thanks to the super fun CW matchmaking that WG has introduced for tier 10. It definitely could use some turret armour buff. It's a bad heavy tank, mediocre at being a medium tank ( can't keep up with fast paced battles ). Everyone has an easy time aiming at weakspots all the time and they don't even have to load gold to make fun of you. SInce the enemy most likely has Type 5, Maus or E100 instead of FV215b, you kind of screw your team if you are not willing to spam gold. This is why my FV215b is the only tank in my garage that has 50/50 loadout. Every time I press '2' I keep reassuring myself with " WG has made me do it! "

Cobra6 #6 Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:00 PM

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I'm still on the Churchill VII so never going to reach this one in time and to be completely honest, I don't feel like playing any more of this terrible Churchill and then the terrible Caernavon.

 

Recently playing the Leo and Challenger already destroyed my will to live.

 

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Hyster #7 Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:09 PM

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I have a weird / embarrassing problem with it,  ive had the 183 for years, its my most played tank so far.

I have only played 12 games in it so far but every game its in my head I'm in the 183 and don't turn the turret more than 45 degrees :$



brumbarr #8 Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:56 PM

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yeah , I find it a good tank aswell, its in a fine spot atm.  

I found it just fun to play, you have enough speed, and enough armour to take positions and trade effectivly with your high dpm. The gun is also godlike.   The armor actually works, unlike some people believe, you can sit semi hulldown and masacre your enemys.

I dont see what people complain about on this tank, its really not bad.

 

I recently 3 marked it ( after 9.18) and did that without a med kit, as I couldnt risk droppign the fire ext.  Stun isnt that much of an issue.

If someone is interested: some FV215B high level gameplay:


Edited by brumbarr, 22 August 2017 - 05:59 PM.


tajj7 #9 Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:38 PM

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View PosttheSwedishTankDriver, on 22 August 2017 - 03:27 PM, said:

So how does it work against HEAT? From what I can tell it doesn't seem to do that well. The gun seems to be amazing though.

 

Turret is pretty decent against HEAT because of the angles, they need high rolls the pen the cheeks and only at certain points. I find though because the tank has weakspots people tend not to spam premium at it as much. 

Bucifel #10 Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:52 PM

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wait....when did they said that FV215b will become a reward tank too like foch...??

source please..?


Edited by Bucifel, 22 August 2017 - 06:54 PM.


brumbarr #11 Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:33 PM

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View Posttajj7, on 22 August 2017 - 06:38 PM, said:

 

Turret is pretty decent against HEAT because of the angles, they need high rolls the pen the cheeks and only at certain points. I find though because the tank has weakspots people tend not to spam premium at it as much. 

 

The fact is the turret is tough enough that it needs carefull aiming, and the fv215b doesnt allow anyone to aim carefully at it because it can snap and move back. So in actual effect I found the turret quite reliable.

tajj7 #12 Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:37 PM

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View PostBucifel, on 22 August 2017 - 05:52 PM, said:

wait....when did they said that FV215b will become a reward tank too like foch...??

source please..?

 

http://forum.worldoftanks.eu/index.php?/topic/639118-supertest-information-what-comes-after-920/

 

that thread, post no 2 from Mr Conway -

 

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How will you replace the HT-10?

The same as with French TD-10 – if the vehicle was in the garage at the time of the release, the FV215B will be transferred to special tanks.

 



AliceUnchained #13 Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:37 PM

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Time to get back to playing, grind the credits, and finally buy the FV215b I think...

MarcoStrapone #14 Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:59 PM

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View PostBalc0ra, on 22 August 2017 - 03:46 PM, said:

I'm gonna wait for it's faith to be 100% confirmed before I buy it. As I bought it the last time they wanted to change it for the Chieftain.... Then it stood idle for months before I sold it again.

 

Same, not sure if it will happen.

roachex #15 Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:01 PM

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Yep, without arty this tank is far more interesting.

And Superheavy presence asks for high apcr loadout. Totally true.

I am actually suprised that they give F155 treatment to FV215b. So next in line IS-4?

scorpiontank1 #16 Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:04 PM

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Funny , I just had a game today where I penned fv215b lower plate with hesh doing 2k DMG today :p

MR_FIAT #17 Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:37 PM

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i still need to grind credits to buy it but i gues i got plenty of time to do it, since the foch swap needs to happen first. did play it on the test server a couple of times and i recall quite enjoying it especialy that snappy gun.

niska #18 Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:42 PM

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View Postuglycousin, on 22 August 2017 - 03:12 PM, said:

I am still grinding some credits and waiting for the gamescom discounts to kick in so I can buy it. :)

 

jez i m too but i m grinding credits, i think about an year to buy some new tier 9 an 8 and equip and consumables but the only discounts that i see a lot, again a LOT its prem tanks and business things. OH... forgot, wg is becoming a greedy business.

krismorgan #19 Posted 23 August 2017 - 09:48 AM

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Not played it since the arty nerf but il give it a go later.

The_Georgian_One #20 Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:04 AM

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Buying Conqueror today with the aim to unlock & buy FV before the swap. I really like tanks with good guns and a 'free' tier 10 is a free tier 10.




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